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Spiritland By Night: James Lavelle & DJ Food

26/11/2021

  • Disco
  • Eclectic
  • House

We are delighted to announce a unique night of forward thinking music with two the UK’s prime musical movers - James Lavelle supported by DJ Food on Friday 26th November.

For the past 30 years, James Lavelle has been at the forefront of global club culture. Known as much for his highly eclectic DJ sets as for his production work as UNKLE, Lavelle is one of the country’s prime tastemakers and musical curators - even hosting a memorable Meltdown right here at Southbank Centre, joining a very select list of musical luminaries such as David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and John Peel amongst others.

He started his first night at just 15 in Oxford , Mo’Wax Please, took up a residency at The Fridge for Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud night, before starting their own night together, That’s How It Is, a legendary Monday night session at Bar Rumba.

He played clubs from The Blue Note and Plastic People to Ministry of Sound and a five year-long residency at Fabric
He’s played the world’s top nightclubs including amongst others, Zouk, Womb, Watergate, and Space and was one of the first DJs to play China.

He continues to produce albums under his UNKLE moniker, working with a myriad cast of musical collaborators including Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, Brian Eno and Josh Homme. He has reworked tracks for artists as diverse as Beck and Can.

In 2016 Lavelle curated Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, a blockbuster exhibition at London's Somerset House, that featured contributions from artists such as Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Thomas Bangalter and more.

2018 saw the release of The Man from Mo’Wax, a critically acclaimed documentary film about his career, and in 2019 James, together with Punchdrunk creatives launched ‘Beyond The Road’, a ground-breaking immersive exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery.

Support comes from the similarly prolific DJ Food (Ninja Tune) - one of the groundbreaking musical forces in UK music. With nearly 25 years of DJing experience, he’s been a key part of the Ninja Tunes stable and Coldcut's weekly radio show 'Solid Steel’ and is consistently at the forefront of DJing and VJing technology.

2001 was the first in a series of Solid Steel mix CDs, starting with DJ Food & DK (Darren Knott - Solid Steel's producer) and the publicly lauded 'Now, Listen'. Since then he's been constantly art directing the Ninja label, designing for artists like Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, DJ Vadim and Funki Porcini. Mix work has included a re-score of the Monkees' cult film 'Head', an as-yet-unreleased album of vintage Sesame Street funk, and his magnum opus 'Raiding the 20th Century'. This last hour long mix / documentary was an internet only release, charting the history of the cut-up and featured journalist Paul Morley reading from his book 'Words & Music'.

Tickets to this unique double bill start at just £10 for the early birds, and are limited to only 250. Join us for this one-off night of beat-heavy musical travels on the Southbank.



OUR COVID POLICY:

We ask that everyone attending brings either:

- physical proof that they have had a double vaccination (this can be your double vaccination card or the NHS app)

OR

- show a negative lateral flow test result taken within the previous 48 hours. Results must be via email or text, do not bring the negative test with you as we can’t see when this was taken.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DOWNLOADED YOUR COVID PASS AND HAVE YOUR NEGATIVE TEST RESULT EMAILS/TEXT READY TO BE SHOWN GETTING TO THE DOOR. IT WILL HELP WITH THE QUEUE.

If you don’t have either of these we will not be able to let you in unfortunately. We also have other measures in place:

- a limited capacity
- a powerful ventilation system

Please do not come if you feel unwell, you have symptoms of COVID or you have recently been in contact with someone who has either tested positive for COVID or been told to isolate.

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